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bionic

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adjective bi·on·ic \bī-ˈä-nik\

Simple Definition of bionic

  • of body parts : made stronger or more capable by special electronic devices

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bionic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to bionics

  2. 2 :  having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devices

Did You Know?

The science of bionics uses knowledge about how biological systems work to help solve engineering problems. The material Velcro, for example, was inspired by the way burrs behave when they stick to your clothes, and some computer chips are now wired in ways that imitate the "wiring" of the brain and nervous system. But in popular use, the adjective bionic almost always describes artificial limbs or other bodily parts that work as much like real ones as possible. A perfect bionic arm would move and function as easily as a real arm—a goal we're rapidly getting closer to.

1963

First Known Use of bionic

1963

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bionic

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adjective bi·on·ic \bī-ˈän-ik\

Medical Definition of bionic

  1. 1:  of or relating to bionics

  2. 2a:  having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devicesb:  comprising or made up of artificial body parts that enhance or substitute for a natural biological capability <a bionic heart>




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